- Teachers and Students: Machines and their Products? – "A great deal of what today’s education “reformers” believe is based on the idea that every student is a nascent autodidact. The only thing they are missing is opportunity. Most people, including most children, however, don’t see themselves as “starved” for knowledge or learning. They are getting along quite fine with what they have, thank you." – (xmooc edreform fyc )
- Musicianship Resources – Git Hosted – Interesting for two things: explanation of the practices of the flipped course, and hosting the resources as a blog on GitHub. Oh, and for the design of the materials, too. – (blog github OER flippedcourse )
- A Course in Online Civility – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education – An odd one, where online discussions actually occur and with some politeness. The value points are in Goedde's connection of discourse form – rant, off-hand comment – with lack of development. "Students disagree with each other, sometimes strongly, but they also take pains to be polite.
Their motivation is clear: Their grade depends on it. In my online classes, every assignment, big and small, is written. If the writing is sloppy or dogmatic, it doesn't earn a high grade. For example, students routinely give feedback on one another's drafts. If a student responds with a rant, either in support or opposition, it typically means the ideas are not organized, so I take off points. If a student's comments are offhanded, it typically means that the ideas are underdeveloped, or that claims are made without evidence to support them, and the grade reflects this shortcoming." – (netiquette fyc dialogue )
- Dialogue and connectivism: A new approach to understanding and promoting dialogue-rich networked learning | Ravenscroft | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning – – (de dialogue connectivism MOOC )
- [toread] Three generations of distance education pedagogy | Anderson | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning – – (de connectivism MOOC )
Post by M C Morgan: via google+
Edited from a Google+ post.
Interesting to see an interest in discourse coming back. Did a dissertation on that back in 1996: Student Rhetorical Practices in E-Mail Conferences. There’s an html version of it around somewhere. Summary: Students don’t have the rhetorical chops to get a pedagogical useful conversation going or to maintain it for long if they do get it going. There: That saved you a 3-hr read.
It might be time to re-investigate rhetorical interaction again, now that dialogue theory has moved on, now that social web is providing a new set of affordances, now that a generation has had the time (since my 1996 sample) to grow up with the affordances. Hypothesis: Students can’t get a pedagogically valuable exchange going without teacher intervention, but do know how to use the affordances. That is, the tools have developed, but the values and rhetorical practices of the student social circle haven’t.